Tuesday, 31 May 2011

Felty Brooch Makes

I'm just gonna sneak in here and get my May Monthly Makes in on the last day of the month!

I've been doing a bit of hand sewing this week or so and that included these little pretties.  I have a thing for brooches, and as soon as I made these I added the trusty brooch backs to them.

Using felt in what I would describe as 'Ice Cream' colours these just made me smile.  

I have given these ones all away now, I meant to keep one for myself, I'll have to get the felt back out.

Another little make was this bunting and cushion.  A friend at work asked about how best to make bunting so I offered my services.  It was a pleasure making pretty pink stuff for a little girl's bedroom with four boys it's something I've never had the chance to do.


I was given the fabric left over from the bedroom curtains and I made this double sided bunting.

Everywhere looks better with bunting I think!

The way I cut the fabric to try to get a decent pattern on each flag didn't leave much fabric but I was able to salvage some squares so I made a patchwork cushion to match.

As I am cushion mad I will enter this as my May Monthly Make.

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Sunday, 29 May 2011

~ ♥NOW CLOSED Three Way Giveaway NOW CLOSED ♥ ~

Yes it's Giveaway time again folks!
Now closed ~ thanks for all the entries!

This time I'm offering three gifts, one 'Housey' gift, one 'Stitchy' gift and one 'Wooly' gift.

Here's what's up for grabs:

No.1. Housey Gift includes
Food Glorious Food Placemats (4)
Cuppa Tea Brewed in Britain Coasters (4)
Shabby Tealight Holder Cage
Handmade by me Soy Wax Tea Lights Bubblegum scent (4)

No 2. Stitchy Gift includes:
First Issue of Mollie Makes (for those of you that couldn't find one) brand new with the felt kit
Three ribbons in red, pink and blue
A bag of Romance/Love Buttons

 No 3. Wooly Gift Includes:
6 big fat soft balls of 4ply and DK yarn
1 Pair of 4mm bamboo knitting needles
Rowan Bigger picture pattern book, with 26 different patterns for clothing, hats, scarves and mittens

To be in with a chance to get your hands on my goodies please follow the simple rules below, no jumping through hoops required :0)

Simple Rules:

To enter the giveaway you don't have to follow me but I do need to be able to contact you. If you don't have a blog please leave a valid email address.

Just leave a comment on this post and I will add you to the list. 
I will add you all into the hat for each gift, if there is a gift you don't wish to recieve please say so in your comment (I won't be huffed).

If you have your own blog and if you wish, please add my button to your sidebar and link to this giveaway and I will add you again. Please let me know if you do and I will add you twice.

I will draw the winners in one weeks time on the 5th June.
xX Good Luck Xx

p.s. Thanks Betty for advising about the blogger issues.  It seems that if you log into blogger but don't tick the remember me box it enables you to leave comments, it's worked so far for me.

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Saturday, 28 May 2011

So Many Thank You's!

Earlier this week I recieved my button swap parcel from the lovely Maria of Dinky Dots.  I was delighted with what I found in there.

Maria makes and sells these little covered buttons in her Folksy Shop and I was lucky enough to receive some magnets and pins all dainty and perfect! 

Lovely little cards with the most delightful little treasures sewn on

A beautiful handmade lavender bag with button embellishments
and a penny blossom :)

Sweet little drawstring bag with my favourite large wooden buttons inside

And last but not least some Chocolate Buttons!

Thanks again Maria, I am delighted with it all, this was Maria's first ever Blog Swap isn't she just great?

Big thanks to Lemonade Kitty for organising this what a fab idea!

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Also need to say big thanks to our Annie the Felt Fairy, I won one of her 15 recent giveaways!  Feast your eyes on my goodies;

Thanks again honey!
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Yet more thanks need to go to my lovely Lynda over at Hookin' with Laalaa, who is not well at the minute, she has had surgery earlier this week and is a little battered and bruised, please keep her in your thoughts.
I received some lovely delights from her also, how amazing is this little cup?

And I can't wait to crack on with some of these doilies

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And last but not least thanks to Amanda for my lovely cups, these will no doubt turn into candles in the near future!

 Thanks Chick
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Can I just say I'm really sorry that I've not been commenting much, I have been trying and it works sometimes and other times not!  You only find out after you type in a long message that it's not working!  Come on Blogger sort it out ~ we rely on you more than you know :0)

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I'm gonna put together a little giveaway tomorrow too, once I find all the bits I have put away in a safe place :0)

 What plans have you got for this lovely long weekend?
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Thursday, 26 May 2011

Bank Holiday Discount & Knitted Bracelet Anyone?

I found some lovely knitting pattern books at the charity shop this weekend.

Some of the 'must makes'

I will be knitting this sometime, a country cottage bag!
These books had lots of lovely ideas and patterns in and itching to make something I jumped in and knitted this little bracelet, or 'Artisan Cuff' as it was referred to in the book:

Lots of cable and little needles = time consuming, but I enjoyed making it.  I changed the pattern as I thought it would be a right faff to have to fasten cords each time you wear it, so I extended the pattern a bit to make it longer and added a crochet loop and button fastening.  Made in super soft baby cashmere dk.

I added little shell buttons to the cable spaces to finish it off.

I can see more of these coming on, I want to try a few different colours and button/bead combinations.
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As we are on the cusp of another wonderful Bank Holiday Weekend ~ I want to spread the Bank Holiday Love and as such I'm offering a
 in my little Folksy Shop from now until midnight on Monday.

You don't have to do anything at all, each and every purchase (including the postage cost) will be refunded 15% through Paypal ~ as folsky does not allow for discount codes.

If you were thinking of snaffling anything up, now might be a good time.

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Sunday, 22 May 2011

Little Vintage Linen Revamp and Gifts

I found the sweetest embriodered cloth at the boot sale a few weeks ago and snaffled it up for pennies!

When I got it home and gently hand washed it I found it was a bit ravaged right in the middle, so I took the scissors to it.  I salvaged three of the four corners and turned them into little stuffed lavender hearts. 

I think these will hang next to my bed to see me off into dreamland.

I love making stuff from otherwise useless stuff ~ many a mortal would have chucked that cloth, that makes me smile.

This last week or so I have been making buttony stuff as I took part in Lemonade Kitty's Button Swap.

I really enjoyed making for this one as I love buttons.  I was paired with a lovely lady Maria of Dinky Dots .  This was Maria's first ever Blog swap and she was a bit unsure as to do so we agreed I would make and post my stuff off first to give her an idea of the sort of things we send to each other. 

I really enjoyed making for Maria as our tastes differ, it is good to come out of your comfort zone sometimes. The hardest thing about this swap was giving away a bag of chocolate buttons ;0)

 Maria has blogged about it here, pop over and have a look she makes some fab stuff.

Yesterday I got a lovely gift from a kind lady who follows my blog, Chrissie aka Ziggy2407.

The softest pink notebook and matching pen with the most adorable necklace

Isn't it adorable, and it's just the perfect length for me too.  I was wearing this all day yesterday and whilst eating my dinner a garden pea escaped my fork skimmed the boobage and popped right into this cage.  I spent a good few minutes shaking it out :)

Thanks very much lovely lady x

p.s. Still planning my giveaway ~ will be back with it soon.

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